DivX: A History of Desk Pranks

Here at DivX, we take two things very seriously: digital entertainment and desk pranks.

We recently celebrated our tenth year as a company, which prompted us to pull out the ol’ photo albums. A decade is a long time, and I’d like to think that deserves a bit of sentimentality; a quick trip down memory lane. I am referring, of course, to our history of messing with co-workers’ desks.

Check out some of our favorites over the years after the break: More…

From the Grab Bag: “Beer Wars”

“From the Grab Bag” is written by various members of the DivX team and highlights under-the-radar movies that are available in DivX format.”

So now 2010 is almost over and 2011 will soon be upon us. It is that special time of year when we turn to thoughts of family, traditions and….beer. Specifically craft beer.

The DivX headquarters are located in San Diego, California. Most people know San Diego for its great weather, good surf and scenic sunsets. What you may not know, however, is that San Diego also has a growing (and thriving) craft beer industry. The selections found in our local bars go beyond your basic variety of fizzy yellow beers. The beers here are about as unique as the people who drink them.

So imagine how happy I was when I was browsing through the DivX Video-on-Demand catalog for another “From the Grab Bag” entry and found a documentary titled “Beer Wars.” Check out the synopsis and the review after the break: More…

AHHHHHHH! “Home Alone” is King in Our “Merry Movie Madness” Contest

Sixteen movies, four rounds, two weeks, and a whole lot of votes later, we have finally reached the end of our “Merry Movie Madness”. The dust has settled and “Home Alone” has emerged as the champion of Christmas movies. We have to admit, we did not see this one coming. Intrigued, we decided to look up a few facts about this 1990′s classic:

  • “Home Alone” was written and Produced by John Hughes (“Pretty in Pink”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”)
  • It was the #1 film in the box office for 12 weeks
  • It grossed $286 million in the theaters
  • “Home Alone” is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest grossing live-action comedy ever.
  • The gangster movie “Angels With Filthy Souls” does not actually exist.

Whether it was “Home Alone” or “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”, we hope you enjoyed watching your favorite Christmas movie this holiday season. Also, keep an eye on your inbox because we will be notifying the prize winners shortly.

Hey Microsoft—DivX Already Supports H.264 with HTML5 in Firefox

DivX HiQ provides H.264 support for Firefox on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS

We know not everyone sits around thinking about video formats, but at DivX, we do. This means we’re not much fun at parties—but it also means that we’re always working on solutions to offer the ideal playback experience. For example, HTML5 <video> tag support has been a hot topic over the past year. The problem? Internet browsers support different video codecs and containers and there isn’t a consistent standard that works across all of them. The solution? Install DivX HiQ (which is powered by the DivX Plus Web Player) and get consistent video support on every major web browser, including H.264—even on a Mac.

When we launched the DivX HiQ beta program back in early September at IFA, we never imagined that the likes of Microsoft would pay homage to our HTML5 <video> tag solution with an attempt of their own. We think Microsoft’s approach is pretty cool, but their plug-in only works for Windows 7 users, which poses a bit of a problem for more than 80% of computer users on the planet. More…

Merry Movie Madness

Happy Holidays! This time of year brings good tidings, eggnog-fueled cheer and the age-old question of which holiday movie is the best. Some folks are traditional (White Christmas, Miracle on 34th St.), some love the reminders of childhood (Charlie Brown, Grinch) and others are, well, unique (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians) in choosing their favorite.

The time to speculate is done. Let the holiday movie battle royale begin to determine, once and for all, the king of holiday movies.

Click on this link to check out the Merry Movie Madness bracket and vote for your favorites.

We’re also giving away three devices that play DivX video (LG Blu-ray player with DivX TV, PlayStation®3 and a Seagate media player).

Why are you still reading this blog post? Go vote!

From the Grab Bag: “Winnebago Man”

“From the Grab Bag” is written by various members of the DivX team and highlights under-the-radar movies that are available in DivX format.

There are a lot of awesome movies you can purchase and download in DivX format. Do you want to catch up on the Harry Potter films before heading to the theater for the latest adventure? Go for it. Want to get your Iron Man fix? Download away. But what about all those films that don’t have trailers playing during every single commercial break of “Dancing With the Stars”? While browsing around websites such as WB Shop or Film Fresh, I started finding a lot of under-the-radar films that intrigued me.

Last week while perusing Film Fresh, I saw a new documentary titled “Winnebago Man.” My first thought was, “Is this a documentary about THE Winnebago man from youtube?” A quick youtube search yielded this trailer (NSFW language): More…

Get Your Scared On (and Test Your Scary Movie Knowledge)

Department stores are starting to sell Christmas decorations, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner.

There are several ways one can celebrate Halloween. You can carve pumpkins, wear crazy costumes, or beg your neighbors for candy (which APPARENTLY is socially unacceptable at my age…). Our friends at Film Fresh are celebrating the scary season by offering 20% off all movies through midnight on Halloween (Oct. 31). To get the deal, just use the coupon code FFHWEEN2010 during checkout.

This promotion could not have come at a better time, because our favorite DivX Halloween tradition is watching scary movies. So, every day for the next 10 days, we will be recommending a different film that we think would be perfect for this time of year. Each movie can be purchased (sorry, U.S. only*) and downloaded immediately from Film Fresh for playback on your DivX Certified device. This means that you can not only enjoy your scary movie on your computer, but you can play it on your DivX Certified portable DVD player or mobile phone and watch it while camping in a haunted forest or roaming around graveyards at night. (You do that, right?)

Click through the break to see if you can guess our movie recommendations and even win a prize. More…

And There Was Much Rejoicing (DivX TV is Here!)

UPDATE: Check out www.divxtv.com to find more information about DivX TV.

How often does a device get better after you buy it? A couple of days ago, tons of LG Blu-ray players across the U.S. had a free firmware update that gave them access to DivX TV. This means that current (and future) owners of supported LG Blu-ray players now have access to the best Internet shows from a wide variety of genres. Out of the box, DivX TV lets you use your remote to explore shows from all over the web with the ease of flipping channels, without the need for a PC.

In addition to the huge number of existing channels, you can even create personalized channels based on your interests. For example, you can save a search for “bacon” or “unicorns” or “unicorn bacon” and videos relating to these disturbing topics will appear. A video walkthrough as well as a list of supported LG Blu-ray players is posted after the break. More…